First things first – if you’re exercising on a regular basis, good for you! According to AOL Health, less than half of American adults engage in regular exercise on a weekly basis. But although no official statistic exists, I would be willing to bet that most of those people aren’t getting the results they want from their current exercise program. Here are a few reasons why you might not be making the progress you should be:
1. Intensity – for our purposes, how hard you’re working out – plays a huge factor in the results you’re ultimately getting. And almost everyone could use a little more of it!
The bottom line is it doesn’t really matter how sophisticated your workout – or how good or well designed the current program you’re doing is - you’ll always get better results on a basic program that you approach with full intensity.
The other thing is, you’re probably not working out as hard as you think you are. Are you chatting between sets of doing chest press or reading a magazine while on the recumbant bike? Then I’m calling you out! Stop! You can get more in in less time!
Here is a good article from getbig.com for more tips on building workout intensity.
2. You haven’t changed your workout for a while.
Really, every three or four weeks (at least), you need to be changing the exercises you do, the amount of sets and reps, the amount of weight you use, the rest period between sets – just to name a few things – to keep yourself from adapting and hitting that plateau.
3. You don’t have a plan.
Do you have a plan when you go to the gym? Or do you just kind of go in and do some exercises that you like and happen to feel like doing that day? Actually, I don’t want to know the answer to that But, make sure you do have a plan and a workout that’s designed for you and your goals!
Those are just a few common things that keep people from getting to their goals in the most efficient way possible. So get to work and start making progress again!